Roasted Pumpkin Seeds
The not-so-secret secret to roasting fresh pumpkin seeds — and crisping them properly — is making sure they’re really dry. Patting the seeds down with paper towels does a fine job, but drying them out in the oven is even more efficient and effective. Once they’ve toasted slightly, simply dress them with oil and salt, then continue to roast them until lightly golden. Feel free to add spices — say za’atar, or cinnamon and cayenne — in Step 3 with the oil and salt. But take note: Some add-ins, like nutritional yeast or raw sugar, may melt under high heat, so sprinkle them onto the seeds just after roasting.
- Serves: 1 person
- 1cup fresh pumpkin seeds
- 1tablespoon olive oil
- Kosher salt
Step 1To clean the pumpkin seeds of pumpkin slime and flesh, put the seeds in a large bowl filled with cold water. The seeds will float to the top. Skim them out with your hands, pulling away any flesh that’s stuck on the seeds. Shake the seeds in your hand to get of any excess water, then transfer to a baking sheet.
Step 2Heat the oven to 350 degrees. Pat the seeds down with a paper towel, then toast them until they’re dry and tacky, about 5 minutes.
Step 3Pull baking sheet out of the oven. Drizzle the seeds with the olive oil and sprinkle with 1 teaspoon salt. Toss to coat, then spread into an even layer. Return seeds to oven, and bake, stirring occasionally, until light golden brown, 25 to 30 minutes.
Step 4Let cool. Seeds will keep in an airtight container at room temperature for 1 week.